How to Have Soft Shiny Hair Inexpensively

Ten Methods:Deep Treatment with Coconut OilDeep Treatment with EggsDeep Treatments with YogurtDeep Treatment with Aloe Vera and HoneyDeep Treatment with VinegarDeep Treatment Oil and Shea ButterDeep Treatment Vegetable Oil and ConditionerDeep Treatment Hibiscus Leaf ExtractsAvoiding Damaging PracticesGood Hair Practices

Soft and shiny hair takes a bit of effort; majority people have these hair characteristics naturally beyond the toddler years. Fortunately, it is possible to restore both softness and a shine to your hair using a whole range of treatments, many of which you will find the ingredients for in your own home. Even if you're on a tight budget, glossy, shiny hair is achievable with ease.

Method 1
Deep Treatment with Coconut Oil

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    Massage organic unrefined coconut oil through your dry hair. The coconut oil must be unrefined, otherwise it won't soak into your hair as it should. For the folks with an oily scalp, don't rub too much into your scalp or too close to your hairline. Our main goal is to condition our ends; the scalp is where much of our natural oils are and won't need quite as much attention. Apply coconut oil starting from the ends, then up.
    • The amount of coconut oil you use on your hair depends on the thickness and the texture of your hair. Oily hair and scalps need less; drier hair will need more. Do not put generous amounts.
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    Wash your hair with warm water, then wrap your hair in a shower cap or towel to help contain it.
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    Keep it like that for at least thirty minutes.
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    Rinse your hair, then shampoo and condition like normal. Rinse hair with cold water. Let hair air dry or dry with a towel around it. Do not rub dry.

Method 2
Deep Treatment with Eggs

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    Deep condition with eggs. Mayonnaise is mostly eggs, so it only makes sense that eggs would also be an effective way of putting moisture and shine back in your hair.
    • Crack 2-4 eggs (depending on your hair length) into a bowl. Separate the yolk from the whites, placing the egg whites aside. (A good egg white omelet might be a good way to use them up.)
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    Pour olive oil in the bowl, just enough to cover the yolk, and whisk together. Make sure the solution is well blended.
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    Shampoo your hair in lukewarm water then put mixture in your hair. Let it sit for 5-6 minutes, then rinse again with lukewarm water. Lastly, rinse with cool water.

Method 3
Deep Treatments with Yogurt

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    Use yogurt as a deep conditioner. Brush out your hair well. Find plain yogurt, although plain Greek yogurt works very well also.
    • Make sure the yogurt is plain, otherwise you will end up with more sugar and food colourings in your hair — not something you want.
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    Take the yogurt and spread it all over your hair. Next, take an old hair tie and put your hair into a ponytail or bun. If you wish you can put a bag over it or you can just leave it up.
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    Leave it in 20-30 minutes or until the yogurt has hardened. It is best to take a shower afterwards and shampoo/condition with a good brand.

Method 4
Deep Treatment with Aloe Vera and Honey

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    Mix together equal parts conditioner, aloe vera gel, and honey. Aloe Vera is an excellent conditioning and rebuilding agent, and honey should add shine.
    • People with dark hair should be careful while using honey as it may also lighten your hair color.
    • Make sure to get an Aloe that does not contain harmful ingredients such as alcohol.
    • A mix of Jojoba oil (instead of Aloe Vera), honey and conditioner also works well.
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    Massage mixture through dry hair. Leave in hair for 5-10 minutes.
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    Rinse out with shampoo and conditioner.

Method 5
Deep Treatment with Vinegar

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    Shampoo your hair with your usual shampoo. Rinse thoroughly with cold water to eliminate any residual shampoo or buildup that's accumulated on the hair.
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    Measure two cups of apple cider vinegar and one cup of water and rinse hair carefully with the mix. Leave vinegar and water mixture on your hair for fifteen minutes.
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    Rinse the vinegar off your hair. Rinse with clean warm running water until the vinegar smell dissipates. Comb out hair carefully and you will find your hair is now detangled, healthy-looking and manageable.
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    Repeat process every week or less if desired. Apple cider vinegar's acidity is close to that of natural hair, so it's a good conditioner and cleaning agent. It's also an effective germ killer.

Method 6
Deep Treatment Oil and Shea Butter

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    In a bowl add 1/2 Cups of Olive Oil, Coconut Oil,Castor Oil, Lavender Oil, Rosemary Oil, Almond Oil, and Chamomile Oil.
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    In another Bowl Add 1 cup of Shea Butter and 2 tablespoons of Avocado, Jojoba and Wheat germ Oil with a tsp of Honey.
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    Combine both Bowl mixtures together.
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    Smooth over your hair and leave it in for 20 to 30 minutes
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    Rinse with an Herbal Rinse and let air dry.

Method 7
Deep Treatment Vegetable Oil and Conditioner

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    Wash your hair with shampoo as usual and rinse. Dry your hair so that it is not dripping.
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    Mix two tablespoons of vegetable oil with your usual conditioner. You can also use canola oil. Do not use too much oil or your hair with be oily.
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    Rub through and saturate hair with mixture from root to tip. It is better to section the hair so that all the hair is conditioned evenly. Once you have covered your hair in the mixture, massage your scalp and work the conditioner into your strands of hair.
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    Put hair under a shower cap (or a plastic bag). Leave the cap on for about 30 minutes. If you want to, you can sit under a hair dryer to add heat to your hair.
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    Rinse your hair. Rinse until you don't see anymore "milky" water. Your hair should not feel squeaky clean. You want some of that oil to stay in your hair.

Method 8
Deep Treatment Hibiscus Leaf Extracts

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    Pluck 8-10 leaves from the hibiscus plant. Soak the leaves well in water for 10 minutes.
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    Extract the gel out of these leaves. Do this by squeezing into a dish.
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    Apply the gel on dry hair. Leave for 30-60 minutes.
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    Wash the gel off using a mild shampoo.
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    Do this once in a week for continuously shiny soft hair.

Method 9
Avoiding Damaging Practices

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    Don't use products that contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Ammonium Laureth Sulfate. This is especially important if you have curly hair. Look closely at the labels of shampoos and conditioners before you purchase and use them.
    • Although Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is derived from palm and coconut oil, it has been linked to skin irritation and hair loss. It is also used as an industrial-grade cleanser.
    • On the other hand, mild cleansers aren't likely to get rid of silicone or wax. So make sure that you don't get silicone or wax into your luscious locks!
    • Try looking for shampoos and conditioners with natural and organic ingredients. Natural ingredients will restore natural oils to your hair.
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    Don't wash out all of your conditioner. If someone ever told you "wash it til it squeaks," that person was wrong. When you are washing it out, wash it out until it still feels like there is a bit in there and then (without touching) pour cold water over your head with the shower head. Don't rinse anymore or run your fingers through it. Just pour.
    • Leave-in conditioners are also widely available. Spray it in your hair after you've shampooed and showered, and leave it in until the next time you shower.
    • Some leave-in conditioners help you style your style in addition to adding hydration. They are essentially a frizz-control agent. Just make sure that your hair isn't weighed-down and greasy after application.
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    Avoid non-organic styling chemicals as much as possible. Dyes and relaxers can be very bad for your hair. If you feel like you have to do it, make sure not to leave the chemicals in your hair too long. Apply sparingly to prevent hair damage. Read the product's instructions to see how often you're supposed to wait between treatments.
    • Keratin treatments, or Brazilian hair blowouts, can be especially damaging to your hair. They contain high levels of formaldehyde[1] and can make your hair fall out.[2]
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    Avoid too many sessions with the straightener. You may love your straightened hair, but your hair does not love your flat iron. Straighteners can overheat and damage your hair, leaving it dry and brittle.

Method 10
Good Hair Practices

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    Have someone trim your ends every once in a while. If you think you can do it yourself, go ahead. Split ends can make your hair look more dull, dry, and damaged.
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    Brush your hair the right way. We all know we need to brush our hair to get it looking its best, but there's an art to brushing that many people miss out on.
    • Avoid brushing wet hair. It's hard to do, but wait for your hair to dry out a bit before you bring the brush down on it. When you need to brush wet hair, use a wide-toothed brush with rounded tips. This will help cut down on split ends and reduce torn hair.
    • Don't rip your brush through snarls. If you don't have detangler spray, wet the area and apply lots of conditioner to work it through evenly. Sleeping with your hair in a bun or braid can make it easier to brush in the morning, and will control some of the frizz (if you have it). Brush gently and slowly work the tangles out.
    • Don't over-brush. Some people say that brushing your hair 100 times a day will help bring blood to your head and stimulate hair growth. There is no scientific evidence to suggest this is true.[3] In fact, over-brushing can cause cuticle damage and breakage.
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    Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, and other healthy nutrients. Drink lots of water. You are what you eat, in a way, and so is your hair. Eat healthy for healthy hair. Also, eat lots of protein because it will help strengthen your hair, improving color and shine. This is because your hair is made of protein.

Tips

  • Always rinse your hair in cold water at the end of your shower as it makes your hair look healthy. Hot water can damage your hair and make it look dull.
  • Don't straighten your hair often. It will cause it to become damaged and dry. If straightening is a must, use a heat protectant prior to applying heat.
  • Start brushing from the bottom up don't move up until all the tangles are gone from the bottom this will prevent tearing of the hair and help remove the tangles more easily.
  • Condition! You can never do too much conditioning. When your hair no longer needs moisture it just won't suck any in!
  • Try to cut down on blow drying your hair because it isn't good for keeping your hair well moisturised.
  • Wash your hair at least twice a week. Washing it everyday will cause breakage.
  • Apply an oil such as olive oil or coconut oil and leave it in for about an hour before washing your hair. These moisturize the hair cuticle rather than just sitting on top of the hair strand like other oils.
  • Always be careful with chemicals you put near your hair. Even some shampoos can be bad for your hair. For example, curly hair can become dry and brittle from overusing shampoos with sulfate detergents.
  • Don't comb your hair right after the shower. Let it dry, then comb it. Your hair is more vulnerable to breakage when it's wet.
  • Try different brands of conditioner and shampoo. Remember: Expensive doesn't always mean better. Ones without inorganic chemicals, alcohol, and artificial fragrances/color are best.
  • Apply olive oil to the ends of your hair after you wash your hair. This nourishes your hair and gets rid of split ends!
  • Don't skip heat sprays. This may seem quicker and easier at the time but eventually restoring your usual glossy hair will be impossible.
  • Brush then braid your hair before you go to bed to prevent frizzy hair. If you take showers before to go to bed, it helps to keep hair from snarling.
  • If you don't like the idea of washing your hair less because it will become greasy, invest in some dry shampoo. If you don't have the money for that, use one tablespoon baking soda, to two tablespoons of cornstarch. Rub it in when dry, small amounts by small amounts, and brush it out until you can't see the powder any more.
  • Eat healthy because the things you eat gives a direct impact on your body and hair also eat green vegetables.
  • Wrap your hair after washing to prevent from tangling later.
  • When possible, keep your hair away from direct sunlight as it can damage your hair.
  • If you're unsure of doing something to your hair, consult a hairdresser or research it online.
  • Apply a homemade hair pack every 15 days to make your hair soft, shiny and long.
  • Vinegar will help to get your hair really soft and shiny. Apply during your shower or after. You must dilute it with water. Use 1-3 tablespoons per cup of water. The vinegar smell will dissipate after drying.
  • When drying hair, opt for an old t-shirt and dry in a straight motion from roots to tips. This will smooth the cuticles and make/keep your hair shiny.
  • Oil your hair at least three days a week. This will nourish your hair and also give it shine.
  • Sleep with a silk nightcap on or a silk pillowcase. This will keep down the frizz.
  • Aloe Vera and honey can be used on skin also.
  • If you take showers in the morning, cover your pillow with a towel and rub olive oil into your roots the night before the shower. If you take showers at night, rub it in about an hour before the shower.
  • Some people recommend letting hair air-dry instead of using a hair dryer which may help but also may cause headaches.

Warnings

  • If you go swimming in a chlorinated pool, try to wear a swim cap. Too much chlorine and your hair will become dry and frizzy.

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